Don Scavia



PhD, University of Michigan (environmental engineering)

MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (environmental engineering)

BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (environmental engineering)

(734) 615-4860
625 E. Liberty Suite 300 Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2013


Research interests include the effects of natural and anthropogenic stresses on Great Lakes and marine ecosystems, with a focus on the use of models and integrated assessments in transferring knowledge to the decision-making process. Teaching interests include the roles of conveying uncertainty, peer review, stakeholder input, interpreting trends, prediction, scale, and government interaction in developing and applying Integrated Scientific Assessments.


Research Interests:
My research focus is on using quantitative analysis and assessment, through statistical and deterministic modeling and integrated environmental assessment, to assess policy alternatives for managing coastal marine and Great Lakes ecosystems.

Current/Recent Research:
I am principle investigator on two large NOAA projects (Coastal Hypoxia, Ecological Forecasting) focused on modeling the impacts of watershed and land-use changes on coastal marine and Great Lakes ecosystems. The goals in both studies are to develop decision support tools relating policy alternatives to ecosystem impacts. I am also lead investigator on a 5-year EPA grant to track ecological changes in the lower food webs of the 5 Great Lakes. I continue modeling efforts for forecasting the effects of nutrient loads and climate change on hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay.

  • EPA Great Lakes Biological Monitoring Program. $2.5M
  • NOAA Grant: CHRP 2005: Watershed-estuary-species nutrient susceptibility. $2.5M
  • NOAA Grant: ECOFORE: Lake Erie $2.2M
  • NSF Grant: Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) - Great Lakes $2.5M
  • Recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Leadership 2004

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